Golf Course Architect Willard Byrd Dies at 85

Willard C. Byrd, a Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and member since 1980, died December 18 in Atlanta. He was 85.

After founding the Atlanta-based firm Willard C. Byrd & Associates in 1956, Byrd went on to design and remodel more than 100 golf courses, primarily in the southeast United States. Among the courses credited to his firm were Atlanta Country Club, Atlanta, Ga.; The Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.; Heather Glen Golf Links, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Wild Wing Plantation, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Willow Creek Golf Club, High Point, N.C.

Born in 1919 in North Carolina, Byrd served aboard a minesweeper in World War II. He subsequently graduated with a landscape architecture degree from N.C. State in 1948.

Byrd is survived by his wife, Eunice; daughters Helen Byrd and Harriet Byrd Ledbetter; son-in-law, Bureon Ledbetter; and granddaughters Martha and Millie Ledbetter.

Services were held December 20 in the chapel of Atlanta’s Wieuca Road Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon for many years and was honored as Deacon Emeritus.

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